Frederick Sprague Cone, justice of the peace, Alameda, California, was born December 6, 1872, in San Francisco, son of William H. and Laura (Mastick) Cone.

William H. Cone was a native of Michigan. He came to California in 1856, settling in San Francisco, where he made his home for many years. The most of his active life, up to the time of his retirement, was passed as a commercial traveler. He died May 2, 1903. His wife, who was a native of Ohio, died in 1872. She was a sister of E. B. Matick, one of the pioneers of Alameda county. In the Cone family were three sons, the subject of this sketch, William H. and Seabury Mastick.

Frederick S. Cone received his education in the common and high schools of Alameda. He left school at the age of fifteen and learned the gilders' trade, at which he worked for a few years in San Francisco. Then he went to Sierra county, California, where for one year he had charge of a gold mine. After some time spent at Port Costa, he returned to Alameda in 1896 and became associated with the Argus Publishing Company, of which he was business manager for three and a half years. Next he was with the Daily Encinal as business manager, until 1903, when he was elected justice of the peace for a term of four years.

Mr. Cone was married February 9, 1901, to Edith Gertrude Ellery, a native of Alameda, and a daughter of Epes Ellery, of Alameda.

Fraternally Mr. Cone has numerous connections. He has membership in the F. and a. M., B. P. O. E., I. O. O. F., N. S. G. W., Royal Arcanum, W. O. W., Highbinders, California Press Association, Unitarian Club, Sierra Club and Alameda Boating Club. Of the last-named organization he is vice president.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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